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The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity - Philip L. Quinn

The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity

By: Philip L. Quinn (Editor), Kevin Meeker (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780195121551
Number Of Pages: 256

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This unique volume collects some of the best recent work on the philosophical challenge that religious diversity poses for religious belief. Featuring contributors from philosophy, religious studies, and theology, it is unified by the way in which many of the authors engage in sustained critical examination of one another's positions. John Hick's pluralism provides one focal point of the collection. Hick argues that all the major religious traditions make contact with the same ultimate reality, each encountering it through a variety of culturally shaped forms of thought and experience but all offering equally effective paths to salvation or liberation. Another central position is William P. Alston's defense of the Christian practice of forming beliefs about manifestations of God in response to experiences of divine presence or activity. Articles by Hick and Alston develop their arguments and other selections respond, criticizing or defending various aspects of one or both positions. Religious skepticism, religious exclusivism, religious inclusivism, and other perspectives are also represented. In the introduction, the editors suggest connections among the articles and report on additional exchanges between the contributors.
The only anthology that provides comprehensive coverage of the current philosophical debate about religious diversity, The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity is ideal for courses and seminars on the philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, and world religions.

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"A timely treatment of issues that loom large in our culture."--William J. Kinnaman, Professor Emeritus, Community College of Rhode Island

Introduction: Kevin Meeker and Philip L. Quinn: The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity 1: David Hume: Of Miracles 2: William Lane Craig: No Other Way: A Middle Knowledge Perspective on the Exclusivity of Salvation through Christ 3: John Hick: Religious Pluralism and Salvation 4: The Philosophy of Religious Pluralism: A Critical Appraisal of Hick and His Critics 5: Ninian Smart: A Contemplation of Absolutes 6: Keith Ward: Truth and the Diversity of Religion 7: Religious Pluralism and the Divine: Another Look at John Hick's Neo-Kantian Proposal 8: George I. Mavrodes: Polytheism 9: Hick's Pluralism and "Reformed Epistemology": A Middle Ground 10: Alvin Plantinga: Pluralism: A Defense of Religious Exclusivism 11: William P. Alston: Religious Diversity and Perceptual Knowledge of God 12: J.L. Schellenberg: Religious Experience and Religious Diversity: A Reply to Alston 13: William J. Wainwright: Religious Experience and Religious Pluralism 14: Towards Thinner Theologies: Hick and Alston on Religious Diversity

ISBN: 9780195121551
ISBN-10: 0195121554
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.51  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.38